The New Forest

Covering more than 560 square kilometres, this spectacular area of natural beauty was once William the Conqueror’s royal hunting ground.

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Wild ponies and genteel villages

Although the New Forest was only made a national park in 2005, its ancient forests and rugged moors have been home to a variety of wildlife for centuries. On any given day you can expect to see wild ponies, deer and free-roaming cattle.

But there’s plenty of man-made beauties to see here, too. One of the most imposing is Highcliffe Castle. Perched on the Dorset cliffs, it is an early 19-century mansion that gazes across the English Channel.

New Forest caravan parks make the perfect base for a staycation.

The New Forest parks